In the spring of 1994, Sandy wrote her first song. In the fall of 1994, she was a finalist in the Walnut Valley Songwriters' Showcase with her second song, "Cabin on the Prairie". Proving this was not a complete fluke, she was a finalist again in 1997 with "Apache Plume". A cowboy song, "One Lonely Rider," which she co-wrote with Ernie Martinez, was an alternate in the Walnut Valley Songwriters' Showcase in 2008. She is responsible for all the song ideas. Most of the lyrics and a chord or two in the co-written songs are hers. She even did the paintings on the front and back of the CD case.
At various times in her life, Sandy raced cars, was a river rat, lived on a horse ranch, bred collies, was married and divorced, was a professional photographer, was the first female full-service gas station attendant in Colorado, got a Bachelor's Degree in English / Education, worked on a drill rig, worked as a draftsman for the Colorado Highway Department, packed boxes in warehouses, trained animals, worked in a liquor store, studied real estate appraisal, got a Masters Degree in Computer Information systems, taught computer classes, worked for a lawyer, lived with a banjo player (gasp!), and did volunteer work for the Swallow Hill Music Association and Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.
J.J. Fraser co-writer: Black Leather Coat & I'll Hold You Close
Ernie Martinez co-writer: One Lonely Rider & Whole Lotta Pain
B.J. Suter co-writer: Free Fall, State Line Cafe & Car Full of Collies